Several aides to Sonali Phogat file a 500-page murder chargesheet with the CBI

Several aides to Sonali Phogat file a 500-page murder chargesheet with the CBI
Several aides to Sonali Phogat file a 500-page murder chargesheet with the CBI

Sonali Phogat’s aides have been indicted for her murder by the CBI in a Goa court, officials said Tuesday.

Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh were charged on Monday by a special court in Mapusa, Goa, under IPC section 302 (murder).

There is still an open investigation in this case, according to the CBI. A probe had been launched into the mysterious death of Phogat in Goa in September by the agency. A reference from the Ministry of Home Affairs, routed through the Department of Personnel and Training, led the central probe agency to re-register the FIR of Goa Police.

CFSL experts along with CBI teams examined crime scene recreations and other forensic materials thoroughly. The CBI was referred to the ministry after Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting an investigation by the agency. After partying at Curlies restaurant at Anjuna beach on August 22-23, Phogat was brought dead to a hospital in Goa.

The 43-year-old Tik Tok star and “Big Boss” contestant had arrived in Goa a day before the incident with Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh. She was seen dancing with Sangwan in CCTV footage that emerged after her death. Her aides escorted her out of the restaurant, and she was seen staggering near a staircase and almost falling as she left.

According to the police, Sangwan and Singh forced Phogat to drink water that was mixed with an “obnoxious substance.” A quantity of methamphetamine was recovered from the restaurant’s washroom, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Jivba Dalvi. Edwin Nunes, the owner of the restaurant, and three alleged drug suppliers, Dattaprasad Gaonkar and Rama Mandrekar, were arrested in connection with the case.

Singh and Sangwan are alleged to have received drugs from Gaonkar. Gaonkar had purchased the drugs from Mandrekar. Her brother claimed that Sagwan and Singh were involved in her death, while the doctors said she had died of a heart attack. As a result of the autopsy report, multiple “blunt force injuries” were found on her body, leading to the arrests and the filing of a First Information Report for murder. Her alleged murder may have been motivated by economic interests, according to police.